A new lawsuit has been filed that accuses General Motors of fraud and concealing evidence related to the faulty ignition switches that have been linked to at least 13 deaths.
It is believed to be the first suit filed since documents surfaced showing a GM engineer allegedly signed off on changing a part in the switches but not changing the part number, which would have alerted others at GM or Delphi, the switchmaker, that it had been altered.
"General Motors secretly changed this part, then lied about it," attorney Lance Cooper said in a conference call. "We want to know how many inside General Motors knew about this lie."
Cooper filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ken and Beth Melton. The couple's daughter, Brooke, died in 2010 when her 2005 Chevy Cobalt collided with another car and went off the road in Cobb County, Georgia. The Meltons sued GM over that crash and settled for an undisclosed sum last year.
Now, the family is accusing the automaker of fraud.
In a written response, GM said, "General Motors has taken responsibility for its actions and will keep doing so. GM has also acknowledged that it has civic and legal obligations relating to injuries that may relate to recalled vehicles, and it has retained Kenneth Feinberg to advise the company what options may be available to deal with those obligations."